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    I have a neutered male bunny and an un-neutered female. This combination has always worked for me in the past and never had any issues till now. My female bunny constantly humps the male one. I know a bit of humping is normal, but this is constant and the poor male bunny is getting very fed up of it and now even hides from her. I have spoken to my vet who has only suggested neutering the female, but has said this may not actually stop the behaviour.

    Has anyone got any experience of this and any suggestions as what to do.

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    Sounds like she needs to get neutered!

    Un neutered females will always be very hormonal, and to let them both have a happy life together, ideally yes she needs to be spayed. Your vet is correct in one way and as you say humping is normal but certainly excessive humping isn't and you can't have your male scared of her, it's not fair on him.

    How old is she? Sometimes in older does, because they get used to it being a normal behaviour, she may continue but it will be much much less.. And as you'll see on here or Google, it is always recommended to have 2 neutered rabbits living together
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    Yes, I would advise having her spayed. Apart from behaviour, up spayed females stand a very high chance of getting uterine cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babsie View Post
    Yes, I would advise having her spayed. Apart from behaviour, unspayed females stand a very high chance of getting uterine cancer.
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    thank you. Ive always kept un-neutered females with neutered males - perhaps I've always been lucky with regards to behaviour and cancer. I'll get her booked in asap to be spayed. She's a year old now and only been humping him for the past month, so hopefully not a learnt behaviour now. thanks again

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    Please make sure you are confident your vet is rabbit savvy, when rabbits get spayed they should be given 5 days of pain relief as spaying is an invasive operation for a female. wishing her all the best xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthyjones89 View Post
    Please make sure you are confident your vet is rabbit savvy, when rabbits get spayed they should be given 5 days of pain relief as spaying is an invasive operation for a female. wishing her all the best xx
    thanks she's booked in for Thursday and they did advise me that she would have antibiotics and analgesia for some time post op. fingers crossed it stops the humping !

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyJK View Post
    thanks she's booked in for Thursday and they did advise me that she would have antibiotics and analgesia for some time post op. fingers crossed it stops the humping !

    Good luck Lucy

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    Thanks for everyones advice, she's been spayed and doing well post op - the little man is much happier as she's a bit quiet so he's had some hump free days - long may it last !!

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    aww that's great news, is she eating well? it can sometimes take a little longer to go back to normal eating after an op!

    But topping up the vibes for her, and hope they have a long and happy 'hump free' future ahead!
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